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ELC prepares for Dutch

By Staff | Sep 11, 2009

Estherville Lincoln Central fans should be prepared for a close game as MOC-Floyd Valley comes to Estherville on Parents’ Night tonight.

The two teams battled into overtime a year ago with the Dutch coming out on top 13-12 as they came up with the key extra point kick.

ELC coach Chuck Fandel expects this game to be similar.

“Their quarteback is a two-year starter and throws a good ball,” he said. “He looks good on film and he’s a qulaity quarterback that can run and throw. Their running backs also run hard and like most MOC teams, they have good size.”

Offensively, ELC will continue to try run the ball around the outside.

“We want to run the option around the outside corner-which we did pretty well last week,” said Fandel, adding tahat he wants to be in situations where ELC can choose to throw the ball instead of forced to throw it.

“MOC is strong up front, so we’ll need to mix up the run and pass,” he said.

ELC was helped last week by winning the turnover battle against Sibley-Ocheyedan. Fandel expects the turnovers will play a key part in this game.

“Both teams are evenly matched in a lot of areas,” he said.

MOC-Floyd Valley opened the season with a 34-0 loss to Rock Valley/Boyden-Hull and came back with a 31-24 win over Sioux Center last week.

The Dutch have nine senior starters on offense and six on defense.

“I have learned this team plays hard for four quarters. Each game, whether we were ahead or behind, we kept playing with a lot of heart,” said MOC-Floyd Valley coach Tom Rupp.

Rupp also expect a tight game.

“ELC is a team that always comes to play hard and is very physical,” he said. “They have size and talent all over the field from linemen to skill players.

“We will have to be very sound in all phases of the game. Turnovers and penalties may decide this game.”